James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Charlotte Miriam Labron

John Labron's death almost coincided with the birth of his daughter, Charlotte Miriam (aka Miriam Charlotte) Labron [Wrexham 1882, 2nd qtr], known as Minnie. In 1891, her mother having remarried, Minnie was living with the Shelby family at 11 Cross Street, Wrexham. In 1901 she was with her aunts Margaret and Sarah Shelby and her adopted uncle Henry Hubband at 2 End Spring Road, Wrexham and she was a Stationers Assistant. She appears to have continued to live with them, even after her marriage.

Reports in The wrexham Advertiser and North Wales News show that Minnie was quite talented. In February 1895 she took a small part in the St James' Band of Hope concert and the following year she won prizes at Rhosddu Board Schools' prize giving for needlework and for recitation. In 1900 she performed in an operetta to raise funds for St James's Church Sunday School

On 1 April 1908 she became a Supplementary Teacher (an untrained teacher, approved by His Majesty's inspector) at Brymbo Council School, where her uncle, Timothy Shelby, was headmaster. The School Log shows that teachers rarely missed school through illness but illness forced Minnie to miss the occasional day; in October 1911 it was due to "a badly gathered heel" (i.e. an inflamed heel). She was, however, conscientious:

Miss Labron, who was suffering from Influenza, was absent on Tuesday morning but came to school the rest of the week, athough she was obviously unwell. School Log 7-11 Feb 1910
She clearly should have given herself longer to recover as, from 17-23 February, she was again absent, "suffering from Influenza and an abscess in her ear". >